Profile in Philanthropy: Elva Escobedo, Events Manager
Meet Elva Escobedo, WFCO Events Manager
Elva Escobedo recently joined The Women’s Foundation team as our new Events Manager! In addition to taking on the planning and execution of our Annual Luncheon, she will also be taking the lead on our robust events calendar. But event planning isn’t her only superpower – Elva is also a justice advocate, a Love Island enthusiast, and has perfected the art of filling her brows! Read on to learn more about her!
Tell us something not many people know about you?
Few people know that I was born in Hawaii!
If you had a personal philanthropic mission statement or slogan, what would it say?
Fiercely and relentlessly fighting for justice guided by a sense of radical love.
What about our mission inspires you?
The WFCO mission of catalyzing community to advance and accelerate economic opportunities for Colorado women and their families inspires me because of the intersectional nature of this work. Colorado women face a multitude of barriers to opportunities and resources needed to thrive, and tackling these systemic manifestations of oppression requires a fully engaged and organized community. When women thrive, communities thrive.
What do you believe is the most pressing issue women and families are facing in Colorado?
Access to affordable and safe housing is the most pressing issue I have seen facing Colorado women and families. Thousands of women and children face homelessness in Colorado due to gentrification, rising rent and mortgage costs, and a host of other issues. Even more are burdened by the cost of housing which can cost up to huge portions of people’s income.
Who is your Shero? Who have been the leaders/mentors on your journey?
I have many many Sheros! Many come from history, but a few include Assata Shakur, Angela Davis, Octavia Butler, Eva Peron, and Celia Sanchez. Frida Kahlo’s story, art, and politics has also had a profound impact on my journey. I also look to the women of my familial lines and find inspiration in advocating in the memory of my women ancestors as well as my own.
What is the best personal decision you’ve ever made? Why?
The best personal decision I have ever made was to stay in Colorado for college (sko’ buffs!). It was, and is still, especially important to me to be near to my family and support networks.
If you had to teach a class, what would it be?
I would teach a class on the history of social and political movements around the world, and/or drag and queer history and culture.
What is the most pivotal moment in your career?
I started a new job the week of the stay-at-home order as COVID-19 was detected in Colorado. Starting a position at the beginning of a global pandemic was a huge challenge but a crash course in soo many things as well. It certainly became a great learning experience.
Where do you find the most joy in your life?
I find joy in my relationships with my family, friends, and community. Being a supportive force to my loved ones is very important to me. I also find so much joy in nature and creating through many different mediums.
What would you tell your 15-year-old self?
I would provide my 15-year-old self with new makeup products and give that girl some advice on filling in her brows because… yikes!
What is your favorite place or activity to do in Colorado?
I love hiking and kayaking! Getting out of the city (especially in the summer) and appreciating the incredible views of the state is my favorite. Honorable mention to Sunday City Park Jazz in the summer!
At what point in your life did your personal philanthropy become important to you?
I became political in college after the 2016 election, but I have always had a sense of justice and aspiration to be a change maker from the time I first learned that the world was full of injustice.
Who would you be your dream speaker for the Annual Luncheon?
My dream speaker would be Malala Yousufzai, I have admired her since her story became known around the world.
What movie scene lives in your head rent free?
Unfortunately, the end of Hell Raiser… but it’s probably best I just leave it there.
Should pineapple exist on pizza? What is your favorite pizza topping?
Yes, pineapple is great on everything. Garlic and basil are definitely my favorite pizza topping- Sicilian style for life!
What is the most binge-worthy show? No judgement😊
Love Island, especially the UK franchise, but any season will do. 100%!